Portia Cole Natural Hair Twist Out on Wet Hair After Pregnancy and After Texture Change

by Portia of huneybflyy.com (pictured above)

Over one year ago, I was blessed to become the mother of a baby boy. Pregnancy was a new journey for me and I didn’t know what to expect. Granted, the experienced women in my life gave me a wealth of information regarding what may or may not happen during my pregnancy, but for the most part everything was a surprise. The biggest surprise came when I was washing my hair one day.

I wet my hair in the shower and applied my shampoo as I normally do. However, when I went to massage the shampoo into my scalp, my roots felt thicker and sort of dense. I’m assuming because my hair was super stretched, that’s why I didn’t feel the density prior to washing. I heard for years that pregnancy can cause your hair to grow significantly, but I didn’t expect for my hair to change texture. My hair had never grown out this way. It had always been thick, but not THIS thick. I chalked the new texture change up to hormones and didn’t dig too deeply into anything.

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Throughout the duration of my pregnancy, I decided to embrace the new texture and try to style my hair accordingly. I did my usual twist-outs, but my roots were becoming strange for me to work with. My usual products and techniques, weren’t working on my entire head like before.  My twist-outs would look how they normally did, except my roots were so thick that they looked like they were sitting an inch off of my scalp (at least to me anyway). They also didn’t have the same definition as the rest of my head. I assumed that my hair would return to normal once I had the baby, so I wore a protective style (twists) for the rest of my pregnancy.

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Of course after I had my baby boy, the last thing on my mind was my hair. It was something I didn’t feel like being bothered with while trying to bond with my son, so I opted for another round of twists. Before my next set of twists were put in, I washed, conditioned and blow dried my hair as usual. My roots were crazy thick at this point, but I figured since I just had the baby that it would take a while for my hair to grow normally again.

It’s been about 15 months since I was pregnant and my hair is still growing out densely and super thick. I even had to change the way that I detangle my hair because my Denman brush, which I used for detangling, was literally ripping my hair out. This wasn’t just a little bit of hair that was coming out in the brush; whole curls were being torn out of my head. It was becoming difficult for me to pull the brush through my roots, even though I already detangled the ends of my hair and worked my way up. That was a serious wake-up call for me and I now finger detangle my hair as a result.

I’ve also had to change up my styling products. On wash day, I would wash my hair with a VO5 shampoo (cheap, but my hair loved it), condition with cholesterol conditioner and apply coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil as a hot oil treatment.  I also used to use a combination of Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk, raw shea butter and Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel on my twist outs. Now, that my hair is a different texture, I’ve had to change a few of the products that I use. I still use the same conditioner, but I’ve switched my shampoo to a moisturizing shampoo. My hair now needs something heavier than Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk, so I switched to Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. In addition, I’ve changed the amount of shea butter that I use. I used to apply the butter with a light hand, but I now use a little more. I’ve also changed the oils that I use for my hot oil treatment.

Previously, I would only use castor oil on occasion for my hot oil treatments, but I’ve recently added it as a hot oil treatment staple since it heavier than coconut oil or olive oil; and it works better with my new-growth texture. Even the amount of time that it takes my hair to dry has increased. To help with drying time, I either sit under a dryer after twisting my hair on wash day or I air dry overnight while sleeping on a silk pillowcase. I used to wear a satin bonnet and air dry overnight, but the bonnet began to leave my hair damp in the morning. Even without the bonnet, I still have to pray that my hair will be dry enough for me to have frizz free hair the next day.

Portia Cole Natural Hair Twist Out on Dry Hair During Pregnancy Before Texture Change

I never expected to have to re-learn my hair’s likes and dislikes after years of being natural. I had my wash days and styling techniques down to a science. I would try new products here and there, but I never ventured far from my staples. For the first time in years, I had a moment of panic and was completely lost. It took me a few months to figure out what to do. Currently, my new routine has been working out great, but I’m still learning. I’m not sure if my hair will ever return to the way it was before. If it does, great! If it doesn’t, I won’t lose any sleep. Natural hair is truly a journey, even for a veteran like myself.

 

Has your hair texture changed since having your child(ren)? How are you dealing with the new texture?

 

Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you’d like to know more about her, visit her blog at huneybflyy.com

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26 Comments on "True Life: My Hair Texture Changed Drastically During and After Pregnancy "

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Ashlee Carnes
I know this post is old but I’ve been searching the net to find someone with an experience similar to mine. Before pregnancy, I already had really thick hair that was very curly (think Rachel True), but my roots got much thicker after giving birth, and it looks like it sits far off my scalp. Once I stopped nursing (around 6mos), my texture changed completely. Instead of ringlets, I now have loose curls, more like Amandla Stenberg. Could this be a change due to hormones? I don’t know what to do with my hair anymore! I was the queen of… Read more »
hooklinesinkah
I’m in that same predicament with a total hair texture change, which my hair went from a thick relaxed texture to not being able to hold a curl at all. I thought the remedy would be to cut it off and start from scratch with a relaxer, that didn’t work so I grew out the relaxer and went natural. I am now back to shoulder length and healthy but alas my hair is STILL fine. I can’t do any thing really but wrap it at night, it’s such a tired look I usually opt for crotchet braids. I need some… Read more »
Penny Grace

Yes, my hair has definitely changed during my pregnancy. My roots are super thick and it’s grown tremendously. I am really excited about it and I want to see what it will be like a few months from now after my delivery.

makeda
WOw! I love this article because i never heard anyone else talk about this. i had the disappearing edges yes..but more than that my hair has changed drastically over the course of my pregnancies and after. i have 5 children. and i almost dont recognize my hair. its not bad, its just that things that worked for 20 years all of a sudden dont work. its amazing. right now my hair takes forever to dry after washing, thinner than before, and absolutely hates any and every oil ive tried. with the exception of a little bit of argan oil. everything… Read more »
April

I have this exact issue. My hair roots are growing in much thicker. I’ve been natural for 5 years and am now having to find new products that will work for my hair. What once worked doesn’t anymore. It’s a bit frustrating but I find that either twisting my hair in either smaller sections, or braiding at the root, then twisting ( both that I don’t have time for), gives me better results, although not great…no amount of deep conditioning, steam treatments, or hot oil treatments have made a big difference…yet

Cygnet
It was 25 years ago this past month that I miscarried a precious little boy. Among the things I was left with from that experience was what my mother told me was a “cowlick”, a small but obvious indentation of edge-thinning that interrupts the curvature of your hairline. Well, over the years, that cow has kept on licking, and not even JBCO has helped it. Hair grows there, but seems more like body hair for length and fineness than like head hair, although it still has some of the density (actual number of hairs growing). It’s frustrating, because, especially now… Read more »
Coleen
I’m at 36 weeks now with my third child and according to my obstetrician while you may find that your hair feels fuller when you’re pregnant, you’re not actually growing more hair (and the strands themselves aren’t any thicker) – you’re just losing it more slowly than you usually do. Here’s what’s going on: Normally, 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair naturally falls out (often while you’re brushing or shampooing your hair) and is replaced by… Read more »
xyzebra

Fascinating. I never heard of anyon’e hair changing texture or getting denser like that. The author seemed ready to take on the challenge though.

Ianna

Yes, it’s been 8 months for me I had twin boys and before my hair was ver manageable now it’s so hard to deal with and my edges have been pulled mostly from weaves… So I just started taking name choice but I feel like after the babies my hair is like super carpet nappy (4c)

Karla

The hair change is most likely due to hormonal changes. The further along you are, mostly 2nd and 3rd trimester, your body changes to make you look more attractive. This includes growing thicker hair. The point is to keep your mate attracted to you through the end of the pregnancy.

Cupcake

Keep your mate attracted to you. Um okay…. First time I heard that one.

Hope Morgan

I suffered 2 ectopic pregnancies in the same year and my hair fell out like crazy. It still hasn’t grown back and it’s been 2 years.

AllyCat

ok. As much as people complain about balding after pregnancy? This lady better be thanking her god that she wasnt left with only two strands for her twists. Its the biggest reason I aint worried about getting pregnant. I would like my hair to stay put.

Jacky

Thanks for sharing your experience. I had heard that hair changes during each major change in life: puberty, pregnancy, etc.

AJ

My hair changed so much! I am 10 months post partum and the struggle is real. I lost ao much hair 4 months after the baby. Ive got a TWA in the front now and long hair in the back. And my hair doesn’t respond to products the way it use to. It’s ao frustrating to relearn my hair all over again. But my baby is worth it. 🙂

Simone

Me too! My sweet pea will be 10 months on Friday but this hair is a mess.I am going to begin trying some twists again to hide this hairline. It’s growing back but I cannot wear a bun because my edges are too short and will not even comply with Fantasia IC gel which used to work well on my hair.

Lola

Your hair texture did not change, but the thickness of your strands changed. It looks like before your pregnancy your hair was medium and after your pregnancy your hair is now coarse. Me personally I like coarse hair (it is my natural hair thickness)because there are many benefits to it. The only difficulty is that when there are weather changes then your hair has a fit, but all it is asking for is moisture and to be left alone!

Napturally Kia

better than extreme shedding. hope things work out for you!

Prettydarkskinnedgirl
Prettydarkskinnedgirl

Soooo, what exactly was your hair texture before compared to after pregnancy? Is it just denser with thicker strands or did your curl pattern change or both? Your hair looks mostly the same in the pics but denser. Good on you that you were able to get onboard with your new hair demands so quickly!

Portia C.

Hello! My curl pattern didn’t change much, but my hair is certainly thicker and a lot more dense. It hangs a lot more when it’s wet because it’s heavier. Prior to my pregnancy, my hair was not thin, but thicker than the norm. Nothing noticeable, but now my thickness is really noticeable. Hope this answers your question.

caribbeancurl

My hair didn’t get thicker BUT my edges almost disappeared on me. It’s been 10 months since birth and there are still considerable shorter than the rest of my head. If anyone has any suggestions I welcome them.

Simone

Same here; it’s been 10 months and I now have peach fuzz where my hairline used to be. My hair gets tangled a lot easier now too.

pisces girl shar

Castor Oil works very well for bringing back edges. Give that a try 🙂

Lynn

I have four children and without fail my edges fell out post partum with all of them. Around 12 weeks post partum. My youngest is 8 months old and they are just starting to fill in. You are not alone, massage with castor oil. It does help. Dont forget to moisturize your edges every night and tie them down to stop friction while sleeping, even on satin.

Prettydarkskinnedgirl
Prettydarkskinnedgirl

Have you tried daily moisturizing then sealing with JBCO?

Menelech

Yep

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